FUGOO Style XL review – Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Speakerphone.
In this FUGOO Style XL review, firstly I would like to explain shortly about the FUGOO Company. USA based FUGOO has a long history in strategic product design of hardware and software. FUGOO claim their appointed executive team has some members from award-winning influential industry who have been vital in the creativity of many significant technology industry milestones. Their executive team is motivating the improvement and industry adoption of Bluetooth. They also claim, their executive team’s combined experience age group more than 100 years in the design, innovation, and development of the industry. FUGOO compare themselves with the leading companies such as Acer, eMachines, Harmon Kardon, JBL, and Toshiba. FUGOO’s Bluetooth speakers were manufactured to contest on a global market, and the company steps ahead to find a way to get their products into the hands of customers. Met with the competing challenge against several reputed speaker manufacturers those who spend millions on advertising, the FUGOO team realized it would need to highlight the product’s ‘first impression’ to generate craze and introduce the brand in a remarkable way.
FUGOO Style XL:
Before telling something about ‘FUGOO Style XL’ portable rugged waterproof wireless Bluetooth speaker, I feel the necessity of explaining to you ‘why I’m writing this FUGOO Style XL review?’ I have a retail speaker business in my town especially Amazon collection. I visit Amazon random, try to find out a good quality speaker and buy it. Before I buy, I prefer its design, read feature and reviews. I also prefer to know about the manufacturing Company and their targeted consumers. The Style XL speaker’s interesting robotic looks (without the rugged) and ‘Amazon’s choice’ attract my attention. Moreover, Style XL Called the Best All-around Speaker by ‘Outside’ Magazine and most user reviews saying positive too. Finally, I buy it for retail sale and now I can tell you something more about it.
It is the fact that there’s an ocean of available choices and different categories of portable wireless speakers, each with their own capabilities. The FUGOO Style XL portable Bluetooth speaker is something different to me cause of its robotic design, rugged cover and IP67 rating. There are many different portable Bluetooth speakers in this price ($ 169.99) range, but most of them are not featuring 8 drivers with true 360 degree sound as like the Style XL. Its max volume output of 97dB sound pressure level.
FUGOO Style XL Design:
Talking about the design in this Style XL review, it is required to talking first about the invented design of FUGOO’s speakers which are little deferent than others. They maintained to present some invention extraordinary design for their all models. If you look at Style XL speaker without rugged, you will be impressed to see its interesting robotic design. Along with the rugged cover, the speaker looks more like a designer woman’s handbag than a piece of electronics.
FUGOO Style XL dimensions are 11.4 x 3.9 x 4.6 inches and weight is around 3.8 Lbs. with Sand and Black colors rugged. Its IP67 rating ensures it can go 3 feet under water for 30 minutes, though it will float as well for easy retrieval, and it also fully mud-proof, dustproof and shockproof to 3 feet as well. It has operating soft touch buttons placed on the top of the rugged with the sign. Style XL has Google Now / SIRI compatible full-duplex built-in speakerphone for hands-free chatting with Omni-direction echo cancellation microphone. It has 8 Core-X acoustic drivers that are 4 tweeters, 2 mid/sub drivers, 2 passive radiators give 360-degree quality sound. The 8 drivers symmetrically placed nicely, 2 tweeters with 1 mid/sub drivers placed both front and back longer side and 2 passive radiators placed both shorter side of the speaker which gives crank out clean highs, midrange punches and deep, roaring lows, rich audio and a 97 dB. sound pressure level.
FUGOO uses 4 Lithium-ion batteries which are included in their model ‘FUGOO Style XL’ and has a 35-Hours life with 50% of volume level. Only 3.5 hours charge time and you’re ready to go for another 35 hours. Not only that, FUGOO uses the battery as power bank, you can easily quick charge your phones and tablets through the included USB Port, which is placed on one side panel of the speaker, you will find here 3.5mm stereo input too and it is safely rubber covered, and on the other side you will find for a charging port, power button, and Bluetooth connection indicator. Style XL uses Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity; connectivity range up to 36 meters/120 feet outdoor and 10 meters/33 feet indoors.
What’s In the Box?
You will find:
a) The FUGOO Style XL speaker with Rugged (Jacket).
b) An AC adapter for charging the speaker.
c) A USB cable.
d) A 3.5 mm audio cable.
e) The speaker’s Manuel book.
FUGOO Style XL Features:
- 360 Degree sound: 8 Core-X acoustic drivers that are 4 tweeters, 2 mid/sub drivers, 2 passive radiators nicely placed surrounding (4 sides) of the speaker, that’s why the speaker gives 360 degrees sound. Every place you put the speaker is perfectly placed.
- Battery life: FUGOO uses 4 Lithium-ion batteries which only takes 3.5 hours to get a full charge and you’re ready to go for another 35 hours with 50% of volume level.
- IP67 rated: The FUGOO Style XL speaker is IP67 rated, which mean it is fully water-proof, mud-proof, dustproof and shockproof. IP67 rating ensures it can go 3 feet under water for 30 minutes, though it will float as well for easy retrieval, and shockproof to 3 feet as well.
- Speakerphone: The FUGOO Style XL speaker has Google Now / SIRI compatible full-duplex built-in speakerphone for hands-free chatting with Omni-direction echoes cancellation microphone.
- Power Bank: FUGOO uses 4 Lithium-ion batteries which can preserve huge power. For this reason, FUGOO design the Style XL speaker as the power bank. You can quickly charge your Smartphones or Tablets from the speaker.
- Connectivity: The FUGOO Style XL speaker uses Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity; connectivity range up to 36 meters/120 feet outdoor and 10 meters/33 feet indoors. Out of Bluetooth, there is 4 connectivity port on the speaker such as 3.5mm stereo input, USB type A dedicated charge port for fast charging up to 1amp external device, micro USB port for downloadable firmware updates, DC-in jack for charging speaker’s internal battery. Moreover, the speaker designed for Bluetooth low energy for Wireless Remote Control with Google Now and SIRI voice access, AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video remote control profile) enables control from supported audio device or the optional Remote Control, advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP) 1.3, hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, and headset profile (HSP) 1.2.
From the first listen, the Style XL impressed with its high sound and shall try to explain its performance through this FUGOO Style XL review. Unlike most other portable Bluetooth speakers that cost about $200, the FUGOO Style XL hits the highs and the lows equally well. On St. Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness’ the Style XL nicely balanced the deep bass riffs with the vocals and the bright horns. It crispy reproduced the acoustic guitar picking on Beck’s ‘Heart Is a Drum’. The impetuous flutes and threads at the beginning of Mendelssohn’s overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” came across with depth that other Bluetooth speakers struggle too. The FUGOO Style XL also handled the low-end growl on the Beastie Boys classic “Shake Your Rump” with more detail than any portable Bluetooth speaker we’ve heard.
It is very difficult to reach ‘Stereo’ for a smaller speaker, Fugoo decided not to really try, and instead of ‘Stereo’, they focused on 360 degrees sound. There is no “right” direction to listen to the FUGOO Style XL, as it fires sound in all around. To do this the company uses a total of eight speakers: 4 tweeters, 2 mid/sub drivers, 2 passive radiators.
Fugoo might allow listeners to hand-pick the looks of its speaker to match their tastes, but thankfully, the Style XL provides stunning performance out-of-the-box that will impress across the board. Whether you first and foremost use the speaker inside or out, in bad weather or on the sunny beachside, you’ll be preserving to a finely-tuned experience. The sound performance of the FUGOO Style XL is one of the Fugoo’s best qualities. With its eight-speaker setup, it dishes out the most successful attempt at true 360 degrees sound I’ve heard yet. The sound profile defies its size, pumping out audio where I feel bass should little more, layered with mids distort is okay, but with full volume, there is a little bit distort though it depends on the recording quality. There might a few lacking basses, but appropriate for mellow jazz master cuts, hip-hop and rock alike, I am constantly impressed with the FUGOO Style XL.
Video by Jared Busch
As explained earlier, The FUGOO Style XL Bluetooth speaker offers support for ‘SIRI’, ‘Google Now’ and phone calls. The internal microphone nicely picks multiple voices in a room, and the speaker can play through phone calls without harsh distortion.
Compare this with the previous best in overall sound for $200 portable Bluetooth speakers, the UE Boom, which did well with vocals and treble tones, but lacked the rich bass needed for the full sound package. I have noticed that things have switched; it gets damn loud, but bass quality is overall not the best at 60%+ volume.
I have tested audio performance with:
Lows-In a speaker this size, you’re never going to get incredibly powerful bass, but the Style XL also handled the low-end growl with more detail and nicely balanced the bass melodies with the vocals and the happy horns.
Mids-Midrange is fairly decent, and the bass is okay for this speaker size. There is a reasonable amount of sound depth to the mids, having guitars and vocals a nice strong presence.
Highs-The highs are strong and loud, but bass is not as deeper as I expect. I feel there are some distortion and harshness in the high-end volume, though it’s depending on the music you’re listening to.
As I point out above, and as is always the item with Bluetooth speakers, the surface you place the FUGOO Style XL on is going to have a dramatic effect on sound quality, as will the outsides surrounding it. It taking a little time to play with positioning the speaker will positively benefit your listening experience.
|Product Dimensions||11.4 x 3.9 x 4.6 inches|
|Item Weight||3.8 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||5.45 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Item model number||FXLSTSN01|
|Batteries||4 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Customer Reviews||4.1 out of 5 stars and 330 customer reviews|
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At the time of writing this FUGOO Style XL review, the price is:
FUGOO Style XL- Portable Rugged Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 35 Hrs Battery Life with Built… US$169.99
Fugoo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Remote $39.99
Hard EVA Travel Black Case for FUGOO Style Portable Bluetooth Surround Sound Speaker by Hermitshell US$10.99
All together the total price is US$220.97
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WHAT WE LIKE
- Impressive robotic design.
- High degree of ruggedness.
- Quality 360 degrees sound.
- True IP67 rated certification that puts it so far ahead of its competition.
- Eight versatile drivers at your disposal.
- Fugoo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Remote.
- Impressive high battery life.
- Power Bank.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
- Presence of a slight distortion at higher end levels of volume.
- Little bit lack of bass at higher levels of volume.
- Low Bluetooth range.
- No own operating software.
No Bluetooth speakers in the market are absolutely perfect. If your eyes are only set on the big brands, the Style XL Bluetooth speaker might seem to have come from left field. This Bluetooth speaker is priced to take on the likes of the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM or JBL Xtreme and gets the edge thanks to its true 360 degrees sound, reasonable price, and all-around solid performance. No other portable Bluetooth speaker that costs under $200 can match the Fugoo’s combination of drivers, battery life and waterproofing. In fact, few devices that cost around $300 can match the FUGOO Style XL’s features and audio performance. If you’re in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker, you may try for the FUGOO Style XL. As one that excels in outdoor, active, social settings, Fugoo markets this speaker very clearly and the Style XL delivers on that promise. The FUGOO Style XL strong sound, ruggedness, and long battery life shine this speaker. If you’re looking for a durable Bluetooth speaker that you can get directly from Amazon — and you don’t mind spending $169.99 — the Style XL should be high on your list.